Working to Improve Neighborhoods & Lives
The URA is involved in hundreds of projects throughout the City of Pittsburgh. Our projects are diverse and have all been completed with input from community development organizations throughout the city. Through URA loans, strategic partnerships and other economic development initiatives, the URA is committed to supporting the next generation of creators, thinkers, innovators and inventors that are transforming our community.
Floriated Interpretation is a Community Business in Full Bloom
“They believed in me. Because they believed in me, they invested in me. They believed in me and my dreams. I will never forget that.”
A hobby became a profession for Jamal Etienne-Harrigan, owner of Uncle Jammy's Sauces
“Sometimes you have to make a decision to go pro. It went from a hobby I loved to my profession.”
David and Katie Gancy, new owners of Frick Park Market, expand on a community legacy
“We truly were smitten with the building and business...There is so much important history here for the neighborhood and community. We love the history and the community support."
Larimer Resident Improves Home Safety with URA & HOF Assistance
“I was happy with the help I received, and it really was a blessing for me to have my roof fixed, especially after [all the recent rain].
Hilltop Pharmacy Improved its Online Capacity to Host Large COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics
“The technical assistance that they received from GOGO may have literally saved lives."
J KoKo Hauling Sustains Business with URA Emergency Loan
“The URA was a ‘business saver’ for me. I needed that ELF cushion to get through that shut down period. I was so relieved when the deposit was made. The support from the URA has been amazing."
Chicken Latino gets back on its feet with help from a URA COVID-19 Small Business Emergency Loan
“It is such an opportunity to have a business and if it wasn’t for the URA I wouldn’t have been able to open the restaurant."
Celestin Uwintonze Improved Credit and Bought a Home with the Help of HOF
“I was very conscious of the long-term costs and knew I didn’t want to buy a house that would create too large of a financial burden for me and my family... The HOF helped me buy a house we love that was within our means.”
Jazmiere Bates, owner of Kin of Duncan and youngest entrepreneur in the Catapult cohort, has a fully operating business in East Liberty
“People were saying ‘oh, your dog’s clothes are so cute, where did you get it?’ and I said, ‘I made it!’ It kind of gave me a trigger, like maybe I should do this for other people.”
The Morningside Crossing development is an adaptive reuse of the former Morningside School building plus a new addition into 46 units of mixed-income senior housing, a new community center and a public plaza.
Krause Commons is a new, affordable rental building in the neighborhood of Squirrel Hill. Opened in December 2018, Krause Commons consists of 33 affordable units, 17 of which have a preference for residents with intellectual and/or mental health disabilities.
Lawrenceville Community Land Trust
The first phase of the Lawrenceville Community Land Trust consists of the new construction of six for-sale homes and the rehabilitation of one for-sale home in Upper Lawrenceville. The homes will be permanently affordable to households that are less than 80 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI).
Larimer / East Liberty Choice Neighborhoods Initiative
The Larimer / East Liberty Choice Neighborhoods Initiative is a $30M award from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to revitalize the Larimer/East Liberty Neighborhood. Revitalization includes 334 new housing units and neighborhood park.
SouthSide Works is a 123-acre riverfront brownfield redevelopment situated along the Monongahela River on the former site of a closed steel mill. Located in Pittsburgh's South Side, this mixed-use project includes residential and commercial space, a marina, riverfront park and 5 miles of new multi-use trails.
The URA's redevelopment of former industrial sites, or brownfield sites, has been a critical component of Pittsburgh’s transformation.
Smallman St. & Produce Terminal
The Smallman St. and Produce Terminal projects pay homage to the area’s past as the central hub for the region’s wholesale produce while bringing new life to this iconic part of the Strip District. These projects are anticipated to make the Smallman Street corridor (between 16th and 21st Streets) a safer, more engaging destination and add 160,000 square feet of mixed-use commercial and retail space, including 40,000 square feet for local and regional businesses and a "food centric" marketplace.
Centre Avenue Corridor
The Centre Avenue Corridor project will lay the foundation for the transformation of 170 vacant or idle properties into multiple commercial, residential and office spaces over the next several years.
The Riviera is an upcoming six-story, Class A office building at the Pittsburgh Technology Center. Developed by Burns and Scalo Real Estate on speculation, this development will feature 160,200 rentable square feet of office space as well as a full-service coffee bar and café, fitness center, riverfront patio, and bike storage.
The 28-acre Lower Hill redevelopment will have a significant impact on the Hill District and entire Pittsburgh region. Part of this redevelopment involves transitioning land currently used as surface parking into a mix of office, retail, and housing, including the creation of a shared parking district.
Penn Circle Two Way Conversion
The final phases of the Penn Circle Two Way Conversion will reconnect two abandoned streets (Harvard and Beatty), return two-way vehicular traffic to Euclid Avenue and Station Street, improve crosswalks to make pedestrian movement safer, and install 8,000 linear feet of new protected bike lanes.
Penn Mathilda Apartments
Penn Mathilda Apartments is a newly constructed mixed-use affordable housing building for veterans and families. The ground floor has 6,200 square feet of commercial space and the upper floors house 39 apartment units.
Piatt Place is a mixed-use development in Downtown Pittsburgh that spearheaded the Fifth and Forbes redevelopment corridor. It includes street-level retail, restaurants and Class A office space.
Relocation of the Pittsburgh Playhouse in downtown Pittsburgh. The Pittsburgh Playhouse is Point Park University’s performing arts center and is home to The REP and three student companies.